CITY OF WORCESTER

JOURNAL OF THE CITY COUNCIL

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Levi Lincoln (North) Chamber

Convened: 6:42 P.M.

Adjourned: 9:18 P.M.


Mayor
Joseph M. Petty

 

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City Manager
Edward M. Augustus, Jr.

City Auditor
Robert V. Stearns

Councilors

Morris A. Bergman Donna M. Colorio
Khrystian E. King Candy Mero-Carlson
Sarai Rivera Sean M. Rose City Clerk
Nikolin Vangjeli
Gary Rosen George J. Russell
Kathleen M. Toomey Matthew E. Wally
 

City Hall - 455 Main Street Worcester, Massachusetts


1.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

2.

STAR SPANGLED BANNER

3.

ROLL CALL - All present with the Mayor as the Chair.

4.

PROCLAMATIONS, ACKNOWLEDGMENTS, MOMENTS OF SILENCE

5.

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES

5a.

Order - That the City Council of the City of Worcester hereby approves the minutes of the City Council Meeting of December 1, 2020.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and moved for a roll call vote to adopt the item. Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays.

 

6.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

6a.

Mayor Petty read the item and recognized the following speakers: 1. Alex Guardiola, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of item #11b CC 2. Alex Mazin, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of item #12a CC 3. Benjamin Desjarlias, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of item #9g CC, #10b CC, #11j CC, #12b CC and spoke in opposition to item #7a CC 4. Chris Mitchem, Portland, OR resident, spoke in favor of item #12a CC 5. Juan Gomez, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of item #12b CC 6. Mike Kennedy, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of item #11j CC 7. Robert Bilotta, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of item #11j CC 8. Joe Bellil, Holden resident, spoke in favor of item #11j CC 9. Tomas Gonzalez, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of item #12a CC 10. Vicki Galinsky, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of item #11b CC 11. William S. Coleman, III, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of item #9g CC 12. Natalie Medina, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of item #11k CC 13. Megan Brunelle, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of item #11h CC

 

7.

RECESS TO EXECUTIVE SESSION

7a.

ORDER - That the City Council convene in Executive Session at the Tuesday, December 15, 2020 meeting for the purpose of discussing strategy with respect to contract negotiations with I.B.P.O. Local 504, Worcester Police Officials.

Mayor Petty read the item and moved to amend the item to provide a new date of January 5, 2021 for the occurrence of the Executive Session for the purpose of discussing strategy with respect to contract negotiations with I.B.P.O. Local 504, Worcester Police Officials. Mayor Petty then moved to Table the Item Under Privilege to the January 5, 2021 City Council Meeting. Tabled Under Privilege as amended on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays. Tabled Under Privilege - Petty

 

8.

HEARING AND ORDER - 6:30 P.M.

8a.

Hearing: NATIONAL GRID for a conduit location at: MANN ST. Granting permission to NATIONAL GRID for a conduit location at: MANN ST.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and moved for a roll call vote to open the hearing. Mayor Petty’s motion was approved on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays. Mayor Petty asked if any abutters wished to be heard on the items. Hearing no speakers, Mayor Petty moved for a roll call vote to close the hearing. Mayor Petty’s motion was approved on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays. Mayor Petty moved for a roll call vote to approve the item. Hearing held and Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays.

 

9.

PETITIONS

9a.

Councilor Sean M. Rose on behalf of Rich Lundin request Chester Terrace, where the Menard family lived for over 50 years, be renamed to honor Jason Menard.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and moved for a roll call vote to refer the item to the Planning Board. Referred to Planning Board on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays.

 

9b.

Councilor Matthew E. Wally request Minthorne St. be repaved.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and moved for a roll call vote to refer items #9b CC through #9d CC collectively to Public Works Committee. Referred to Public Works Committee on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays.

 

9c.

Councilor Matthew E. Wally request Maywood St. from Park Ave. to Lovell St. be repaved.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #9b CC)

 

9d.

Scott Kerner request removal of a sewer easement located at 67 Millbrook St.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #9b CC)

 

9e.

Beth-Ann Alexander request handicap parking space be installed in front of 55 Plantation St.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and moved for a roll call vote to refer items #9e CC and #9f CC collectively to Traffic and Parking Committee. Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays.

 

9f.

Brenda Nichols request removal of handicap parking space in front of 32 Newbury St.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #9e CC)

 

9g.

William S. Coleman, III request City Council file a Home Rule Petition with the Massachusetts Legislature requesting permission to suspend Article 7 Section 74 of the city's Charter, by reducing the number of signatures required by candidates for the 2021 Municipal Election to not more than 50 signatures for At-Large City Council, District City Council and School Committee, for the safety of the public and the candidates during COVID-19.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and moved to refer the item to the City Clerk. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor King, who moved to dually refer the item to the City Clerk and the City Solicitor. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Russell, who moved to, “Request City Clerk provide City Council with information relative to the process used for collecting signatures for the previous elections occurring during COVID-19 as part of a report to City Council relative to potentially decreasing signatures for the 2021 Municipal Election.” (See Item #21a CC). Mayor Petty moved for a roll call vote on Councilor King’s motion to refer the item to the City Clerk and the City Solicitor. Referred to the City Clerk and the City Council on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays.

 

10.

CHAIRMAN'S ORDERS

10a.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT - Request City Manager provide City Council with a copy of the lease between the city and the ballpark.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and recognized Councilor Wally, who moved to recuse himself from the item and did not participate in the discussion. Mayor Petty moved for a roll call vote to adopt the item. Order adopted on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Wally recused).

 

10b.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SERVICE AND TRANSPORTATION - Request City Council and the City Manager notify the Governor of the Commonwealth, the city’s local delegation and the MBTA Administration, once the threat of COVID-19 has diminished, that commuter rail service between Worcester and Boston, including on weekends and after 9 p.m., be fully restored.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and recognized Councilor Rosen, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty moved for a roll call vote to take the item up items #10d CC through #10e CC collectively and to adopt the items. Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays.

 

10c.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING - Request City Manager provide City Council with a traffic study exploring making Tyson Rd. a one-way street, installing speed humps and restricting the truck traffic on the street.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #10b CC)

 

10d.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING - Request City Manager request Commissioner of Public Works provide City Council with a report relative to the expected impact of traffic issues associated with converting a street from a private street to a public street. Said report should also be made available to individuals pursing the possibility of converting their streets from private roads to public roads.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #10b CC)

 

10e.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING - Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning any equipment that would be of help to the WPD – Traffic Division to better monitor speeding and traffic issues throughout the city.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #10b CC)

 

11.

ORDERS

11a.

Request City Manager request Police Chief provide increased enforcement of the parking regulations on Princeton St., where cars are parking on both sides of the street in locations where only one side is permitted, which is impacting emergency vehicles' ability to traverse the street. (Rivera)

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and recognized Councilor Rivera, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty moved for a roll call vote to adopt the item. Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays.

 

11b.

Request City Manager provide City Council with a report regarding the implications of an Amazon location at the Greendale Mall site, including information as to how neighborhood concerns will be addressed. (Petty)

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Mero-Carlson and Councilor Wally, who both spoke concerning the item. Councilor Wally then moved to amend the item: “Further, request City Manager include in said report, if appropriate, information relative to Amazon’s development of a site at the airport industrial park.” Mayor Petty recognized Councilor King, who moved to add his name as a sponsor of the item. Councilor King then moved to amend the item: “Further, request City Manager keep City Council apprised of happenings as it relates to the potential development of an Amazon facility in the city.” Councilor Rose and Councilor Toomey who all moved to add their names as sponsors of the item. Mayor Petty moved to add the entire City Council as sponsors of the item. Mayor Petty moved for a roll call vote to adopt the item as amended. Order adopted as amended on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays.

 

11c.

Request City Manager provide City Council with an update concerning a previously adopted order on March 17th, 2020 relative to including a military discount as part of the discounts, which include discounts for Seniors, Students, Juniors and Millennials, offered at the Green Hill Golf course. (Colorio)

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and recognized Councilor Rivera, who moved to recuse herself from the item and left the room. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Colorio, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized the City Manager, who responded to questions raised by Councilor Colorio. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Rose, who moved to add his name as a sponsor of the item. Mayor Petty moved for a roll call vote to adopt the item. Order adopted on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rivera recused)

 

11d.

Request Standing Committee on Traffic and Parking review Policy and Procedure No. 693 relative to Towed Vehicles from Private Property of the Worcester Police Department and Massachusetts General Law Chapter 266 Section 120D relative to removal of motor vehicles from private ways or property; penalties; liability for removal and storage charges; release of vehicle. (Colorio)

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and recognized Councilor Colorio, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty moved for a roll call vote to adopt the item and refer the item to Traffic and Parking Committee for informational purposes only. Order adopted and referred to Traffic and Parking Committee for informational purposes on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays.

 

11e.

Request City Manager and appropriate staff investigate the “15 Minute City” concept as a future plan for Worcester as we adapt to the new “normal.” (Toomey)

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and recognized Councilor Toomey, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty moved for a roll call vote to adopt the item. Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays.

 

11f.

Request City Manager explore the strength of the WI-FI on Salisbury St. from the Worcester/Holden line to Assumption University. (Rose, Wally)

Attachments

Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Rose and Councilor Toomey, who both spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Rose for a second time, who moved to add the words, “and cell phone service,” to the item. Mayor Petty moved for a roll call vote to adopt the item as amended. Order adopted as amended on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays.

 

11g.

Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning the increase and/or decrease of businesses in District 1 over the last three years, in an effort to plan around any areas of the district facing potential market vacancies. (Rose, Mero-Carlson)

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and recognized Councilor Rose, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor King, who moved to add his name as a sponsor of the item. Mayor Petty moved for a roll call vote to adopt the item. Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays.

 

11h.

Request City Manager consider turfing the sports field that is used in the back of Foley Stadium. (Rose)

Attachments

Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Rose, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Wally and Councilor Toomey, who both moved to add their names a sponsors of the item. Mayor Petty moved for a roll call vote to adopt the item. Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays.

 

11i.

Request City Manager consider placing cameras or some form of surveillance up at Bancroft Tower. (Rose, Colorio)

Attachments

Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Rose and Councilor Colorio, who both spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty moved for a roll call vote to adopt the item. Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays.

 

11j.

Request Standing Committee on Public Service and Transportation invite to an upcoming meeting representatives from the Worcester's disability community, the Director of Human Rights and Disabilities for the city, the city's taxi and ridesharing companies, and the WRTA to determine how equitable, accessible on-demand public transportation in Worcester can be expanded. In 2019, Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) provided over 1 million trips in Worcester but currently there are zero wheelchair accessible TNC vehicles. And, while Worcester has 110 licensed taxis, that includes only one wheelchair accessible vehicle. (Rosen)

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and recognized Councilor Rosen, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Wally, who moved to add his name as a sponsor of the item. Mayor Petty moved to add the entire City Council as sponsors of the item. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor King, Councilor Rose, Councilor Toomey and Councilor Rivera, who all spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty moved for a roll call vote to adopt the item and refer the item to Public Service and Transportation Committee for informational purposes only. Order adopted and referred to Public Service and Transportation Committee for informational purposes on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays.

 

11k.

In light of 55 million Americans presently struggling with hunger during the pandemic, resulting in huge lines of cars at drive through food banks, and a growing subset of Americans stealing food to survive, request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning the state of food insecurity in Worcester and what steps still need to be taken by our caring city to make sure that no residents go hungry. (Rosen, Wally, Colorio, Toomey, Rose, Mero-Carlson)

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and recognized Councilor Rosen and Councilor Rose, who both spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Rivera, who moved to add her name as a sponsor of the item. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Toomey, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor King, who moved to add his name as a sponsor of the item. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Mero-Carlson, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty moved to add his name as a sponsor of the item. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Colorio, who moved to amend the item: “Further, request City Manager consider including on the city’s website a list of organizations who need food donations, which could be updated on a weekly basis.” Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Russell, who moved to add his name as a sponsor of the item. Councilor Russell then moved to, “Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning what interaction the city has had with the Worcester Together Fund as it relates to feeding individuals in need, as well as any partnerships that could be made with restaurants in the city to help feed those same individuals.” (See Item #21b). Mayor Petty recognized the City Manager, who responded to questions raised by Councilor Russell. Mayor Petty moved for a roll call vote to adopt the item as amended. Order adopted as amended on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays.

 

11l.

Request City Manager request Chief Development Officer develop a “best practices” procedure(s) to notify the City Council when planning board applications are first received/reviewed that have a potential for significant impact(s) on vehicular traffic/patterns. (Bergman, Wally, Rose, Mero-Carlson)

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and recognized Councilor Bergman, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty moved for a roll call vote to adopt the item. Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays.

 

11m.

Request City Manager request Commissioner of Public Works and Parks provide City Council with report concerning the current condition of the Rodgers-Kennedy Memorial at Elm Park. (Bergman, Wally, Rivera)

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and recognized Councilor Bergman, Councilor Wally and Councilor Rivera, who all spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor King and Councilor Toomey, who both moved to add their names as sponsors of the item. Mayor Petty moved to add the entire City Council as sponsors of the item. Mayor Petty moved for a roll call vote to adopt the item. Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays.

 

12.

RESOLUTIONS

12a.

That the City Council of the City of Worcester does hereby go on record expressing concerns over the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission’s decision to approve wholesale delivery regulations in the State of Massachusetts for the marijuana industry. (Rose, Petty, Wally)

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and recognized Councilor Rose and Councilor King, who both spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized the City Manager, who responded to questions raised by Councilor King. Councilor King then moved to, “Request City Manager provide City Council will a report relative to the impact the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission’s decision to approve wholesale delivery regulations in the State of Massachusetts for the marijuana industry will have on the city.” (See Item #21c CC). Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Rose for a second time, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty then moved to, “Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning the applicants for the Economic Empowerment and Social Equity Program through the Cannabis Control Commission (CCC), including information relative to if and how the city can assist those applicants to begin business in the city.” (See Item #21d CC). Mayor Petty recognized Councilor King for a second time, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Rivera, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty moved for a roll call vote to adopt the item. Resolution adopted by a yea and nay vote of 10 Yeas and 1 Nay (Nay – King).

 

12b.

That the City Council of the City of Worcester does hereby call upon Congressman James P. McGovern to co-sponsor the Puerto Rico Self-Determination Act of 2020 (H.R. 8113). Further, that the City Council of the City of Worcester call upon United States Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey, the Massachusetts Federal delegation, and all of Congress to support the passage of H.R. 8113. (Rivera, Rose, King, Petty, Wally)

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and recognized Councilor Rivera, Councilor King and Councilor Rose, who all spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Russell and Councilor Rosen, who both moved to add their names as sponsors of the item. Mayor Petty moved for a roll call vote to adopt the item. Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays.

 

13.

RECESS TO FINANCE COMMITTEE - No items pending

14.

COMMUNICATIONS

14a.

Mayor Joseph M. Petty submitting for approval by the City Council the attached Annual Calendar of City Council meeting for calendar year 2021.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and moved to approve the item. Approved on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays

 

15.

REPORTS OF THE COMMITTEE ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

15a.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Upon the Communication of the City Manager Recommend adoption of the attached amendment to the City’s organizational ordinances relative to the establishment of the Worcester Ballpark Authority: recommend passage of the accompanying proposed Ordinance.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and moved to take items #15a CC and #15b CC collectively. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Bergman, who moved to Table the Items Under Privilege. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Russell, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized the City Solicitor, who responded to questions raised by Councilor Russell. Tabled Under Privilege - Bergman

 

15b.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Upon the Communication of the City Manager Transmitting informational communication relative to the proposed Worcester Ballpark Authority: recommend Communication be placed on file.

Attachments

Tabled Under Privilege - Bergman (See Item #15a CC)

 

16.

REPORTS OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SERVICE AND TRANSPORTATION

16a.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SERVICE AND TRANSPORTATION Upon the Order of Councilor Gary Rosen, Councilor Matthew E. Wally, Councilor Sarai Rivera, Councilor Kathleen M. Toomey, Councilor Sean M. Rose and Councilor Candy Mero-Carlson - Request Standing Committee on Public Service and Transportation Committee hold a public hearing to discuss possible options in light of the MBTA's proposed cuts that will, among others, eliminate commuter rail service on weekends and after 9 p.m. on weekdays. These major service cuts will cause definite hardship for some of Worcester's essential workers and city residents for whom public transit is a necessity; recommend Order be placed on file.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and moved for a roll call vote to collectively accept items #16a CC and #16b CC. Accepted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays.

 

16b.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SERVICE AND TRANSPORTATION Upon the Petition of Jo Hart request City Council provide a master plan for public transportation to the Polar Park area: recommend Petition be placed on file.

Attachments

Accepted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #16a CC)

 

17.

TO BE ORDAINED

17a.

Amending Article III Of The Worcester Zoning Ordinance Adopted April 2, 1991 Relative To Extension Of The Adaptive Reuse Overlay Zoning District In The Vicinity Of Lamartine Street.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and moved for a roll call vote to collectively ordain items #17a CC and #17b CC. Ordained on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays.

 

17b.

Amending and Consolidating the Boards of Trustees of the Gar Hall, the Memorial Auditorium and the Lincoln Square Memorial Into a New Board to be Known as the Commission for the Preservation of the Historic Artifacts, Relics & Military Memorials.

Attachments

Ordained on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #17a CC)

 

18.

TABLED UNDER PRIVILEGE

18a.

ORDER: Granting permission to NATIONAL GRID for a conduit location at: ORIENT ST., DIVISION ST., RIDGE ST. (Tabled Under Privilege - Mero-Carlson December 8, 2020)

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and recognized Councilor Mero-Carlson, who moved to Table the Item Under Privilege for a second time. Mayor Petty moved for a roll call vote on Councilor Mero-Carlson's motion to Table the Item Under Privilege for a second time. Tabled Under Privilege - Mero-Carlson

 

19.

TABLED ITEMS

19a.

RESOLUTION of Councilor Konstantina B. Lukes – That the City Council go on record in favor of supporting the Worcester Bravehearts as they plan for the future. (Tabled Under Privilege - Lukes August 21, 2018 and Tabled Under Privilege - Petty September 12, 2018 and Tabled - Lukes September 25, 2018)

Attachments

No action taken

 

19b.

ORDER of Councilor George J. Russell, Councilor Sarai Rivera, Councilor Gary Rosen, Councilor Konstantina B. Lukes, Councilor Khrystian E. King and Councilor Candy Mero-Carlson - Request City Council have the City Council Standing Committees on Public Works and Municipal Operations conduct a joint meeting about the future recommended staffing of the City Council office as well as logistics for office space for staff and City Council. Further, request the joint committee discuss potential recommendations regarding the job description and role of the City Council staff persons and further, encourage other City Councilors who are not members of the joint committee to attend and be included in the conversation. (Tabled - Petty February 26, 2019)

Attachments

No action taken

 

19c.

COMMUNICATION of the City Manger transmitting informational communication relative to a legal opinion as to the jurisdiction of office space and facilities within City Hall. (Tabled Under Privilege - Mero-Carlson March 12, 2019; Tabled Under Privilege - Petty March 19, 2019 and Tabled - Petty March 26, 2019)

Attachments

No action taken

 

19d.

ORDER of Councilor Konstantina B. Lukes - Request City Manager request City Solicitor provide City Council with a legal opinion regarding the process of instituting a residential rent control program and the resulting impact of implementing such a program. (Tabled Under Privilege - Lukes September 17, 2019 and September 24, 2019 and Tabled - Lukes October 15, 2019)

Attachments

No action taken

 

19e.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON VETERANS' MEMORIALS, PARKS AND RECREATION Upon the Petition of Councilor Candy Mero-Carlson request restoration and relocation of the Sullivan Memorial located in Melrose St. to a location approximately 50 feet north of its current location: recommend adoption of the accompanying Order. (Tabled Under Privilege - Mero-Carlson April 21, 2020 and April 28, 2020 and Tabled - Mero-Carlson May 5, 2020)

Attachments

No action taken

 

19f.

RESOLUTION of Councilor Morris A. Bergman, Councilor Sean M. Rose and Councilor Candy Mero-Carlson - That the Worcester City Council urges our State Delegation and others to pursue the naming in 2020 of the Worcester District Courthouse the “Sarah E. Wall Courthouse”. (Tabled Under Privilege - Bergman June 2, 2020 and June 9, 2020 - Petty and Tabled - Russell June 16, 2020)

Attachments

No action taken

 

19g.

COMMUNICATION of Stephen Herzog, Project Manager at Wood Environment & Infrastructure Solutions, Inc., on behalf of CSX Transportation, Inc. transmitting an informational communication relative to the application of herbicide on the railroad. (Tabled Under Privilege - Petty June 9, 2020 and Tabled - Russell June 16, 2020)

Attachments

No action taken

 

19h.

ORDER of Councilor Candy Mero-Carlson, Councilor Kathleen M. Toomey, Councilor Sean M. Rose, Councilor Morris A. Bergman, Councilor Matthew E. Wally, Councilor George J. Russell, Councilor Donna M. Colorio, Councilor Gary Rosen and Mayor Joseph M. Petty - Request City Manager support the (re)opening of the City’s licensed cigar and hookah lounges and for the state to amend the classification of these establishments. These establishments can, and should, fit under the guise and parameters set forth as restaurants as they have or will have a common ViC license. (Tabled Under Privilege - Rivera September 8, 2020 and Tabled Under Privilege - Mero-Carlson September 15, 2020 and Tabled - Mero-Carlson September 22, 2020)

Attachments

No action taken

 

20.

BUSINESS UNDER SUSPENSION OF RULES - Items brought forth under suspension at the December 8, 2020 City Council meeting.

20a.

ORDER of Mayor Joseph M. Petty – Request City Manager work the Commissioner of Inspectional Services to work with the contractors associated with the new apartment complex being built on Ridge St. to address neighborhood concerns in the area related to the construction of the project. – Item #13a CC Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays

 

20b.

ORDER of Councilor Morris A. Bergman – Request City Manager consider reducing the City Manager’s contingency account by $1,000,000.00 and be reallocated for tax relief. – Item #13b CC Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays

 

20c.

ORDER of Councilor Matthew E. Wally – That the Tax Rate for Fiscal Year 2021 be set at $16.62 for Residential Property and $35.07 for Commercial, Industrial and Personal Property. – Item #13c CC Order denied on a roll call vote of 5 Yeas and 6 Nays

 

20d.

ORDER of Councilor Donna M. Colorio – Request City Manager provide a notice within the city’s senior’s tax bills about the qualifications they may meet relative to applying for tax relief. – Item #13d CC Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays

 

20e.

ORDER of Councilor Donna M. Colorio – That the Tax Rate for Fiscal Year 2021 be set at $16.28 for Residential Property and $36.20 for Commercial, Industrial and Personal Property. – Item #13e CC Order adopted on a roll call vote of 8 Yeas and 3 Nays

 

20f.

ORDER of Councilor Kathleen M. Toomey – Request City Manager request City Assessor place a video on the city’s website relative to the process used to apply for abatements. Further, request City Manager request Chief Development Officer place a video on the city’s website relative to preparing estates for when the occupants come of older age. – Item #13f CC Order adopted 11 Yeas and 0 Nays

 

20g.

ORDER of Councilor Kathleen M. Toomey – Request City Manager place on the city’s website information relative to what individuals are able to do if they are unable to pay their tax bills. – Item #13g CC Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays

 

20h.

ORDER of Councilor Khrystian E. King – Request City Manager provide City Council with an update concerning Paycheck Protection Program Loans in the city. – Item #13h CC Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays

 

20i.

ORDER of Councilor Khrystian E. King – Request City Manager provide City Council with a report relative to how the patrol boat donated to the Worcester Police Department by the Massachusetts Environmental Police will be used. Further, request City Manager include in said report information concerning the role the Massachusetts Environmental Police had on the city’s water bodies. – Item #13i CC Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays

 

21.

NEW BUSINESS UNDER SUSPENSION OF RULES - Items brought forth under suspension at the December 15, 2020 City Council meeting.

21a.

Motion Russell @ #9g CC – Request City Clerk provide City Council with information relative to the process used for collecting signatures for the previous elections occurring during COVID-19 as part of a report to City Council relative to potentially decreasing signatures for the 2021 Municipal Election.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #9g CC)

 

21b.

Motion Russell @ #11k CC – Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning what interaction the city has had with the Worcester Together Fund as it relates to feeding individuals in need, as well as any partnerships that could be made with restaurants in the city to help feed those same individuals.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #11k CC)

 

21c.

Motion King @ #12a CC – Request City Manager provide City Council will a report relative to the impact the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission’s decision to approve wholesale delivery regulations in the State of Massachusetts for the marijuana industry will have on the city.

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Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #12a CC)

 

21d.

Motion Petty @ #12a CC – Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning the applicants for the Economic Empowerment and Social Equity Program through the Cannabis Control Commission (CCC), including information relative to if and how the city can assist those applicants to begin business in the city.

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Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #12a CC)